This was probably the best car buying experience I have had. Our salesman, James Warren, and our Audi technologist, Shaun Jameson couldn't have been more patient and helpful.
by Carguy from Meridian
January 11, 2019
SE 4x4 model. I've owned the Xterra for 4 years. I bought it with a blown transmission, due to the coolant/tranny fluid intermix factory default on the automatics from2005-2010. It was not advertised as having any issues but I caught it before buying it. This is only for automatics. $3600 at AAMCO with 3 year warranty plus the radiator.
THE GOOD: That said, this thing has been awesome! It has good power, good street manors, drives well in the snow (4x4), looks good, and I have done a fair amount of off roading and it has impressed me and my friends. Anything I've had to fix has been super easy compared to prior vehicles I've owned. There are a fair amount of cheap upgrades available and this is a cheaper and more unique alternative to a Jeep Wrangler 4 door. with the seats folded flat it has enough room for most things you need to hall. Also this thing will fit 33" tires with stock suspension but I would stick with 32" if you don't want to deal with getting them to fit or a lift. The factory roof rack can come in handy. It can tow a fair amount of weight but I'd recommend air lift if that's your plan. You can pack all your stuff between the roof rack, room inside and strapping on a cargo carrier to the tow hitch. The Rockford Fosgate stereo is awesome!
THE BAD: Transmission will intermix with coolant and blow auto transmission if the radiator is not upgraded (matter of time). It's suspension doesn't last real long so tasteful upgrades have been a major reason I love this thing off-road (Bilstein 5100 shocks) OME add a leaf. The leaf springs will weaken and need replaced every few years and aren't great for towing if not upgraded. The gas mileage has been 17 in the summer, 16 in the winter with 50/50 mixed driving. 33" MT tires and rims have brought this to 14.6 with the same driving. Brakes are a bit squishy and worth upgrading also. The back seat is high for kids and a dog's, and difficult getting kids into carseats.
OVERALL: outside of the transmission issue, this vehicle would have been good without any upgrades I listed. It's reliable, no engine issues and minimal maintenance costs. It's safe on the road and can drive well in all weather conditions. If you have a little money you want to put into upgrades you can really customize it and make it great!
I recently purchased a car (AS IS) from this dealer and after driving it for a day I discovered there was an electrical short in the car. I called Art, my salesman and told him my problem. He did not hesitate in beginning the repair process- and stuck with me until it was fixed. I was humbled for they had no legal obligation to me as I bought the car AS IS. This was my first solo vehicle purchase following the passing of my husband and I am so glad I found this place. NO PRESSURE from friendly, helpful staff- exactly what I needed. Thank you for your kindness.
Most reliable car I’ve owned so far
by Ashlinr12 from Raleigh, NC
January 24, 2019
It’s a great car! We’ve loved our time with it so far! The back is huge, fits everything we need it to! I love the steel grey interior and exterior coloring as well.
Most professional group of people I have ever worked with ! Financing was awesome,fast and efficient . I have never bought from a dealership that had me in and out within 2 hours. No Pressure ! No Hassle ! I was VERY impressed with my experience today . I am even more impressed with the GREAT deal I got on the Dodge Ram truck I drove off the lot with . I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy their next vehicle and I will be back in the future . Pay no attention to some of the petty reviews written here and I noticed there are a few . Go down use some common business sense ,do your research before you buy , and you will find Car Max has it all !
I have one word, AWESOME.
by Rcs from VA
April 27, 2018
AWESOME vehicle! One of the best SUV / trucks I have ever had the pleasure of owning or driving. I would recommend the Xterra to anyone.
Lana & Nick were awesome to deal with when went to get a car for our new teen driver! They went above and beyond our expectations! Very nice vehicle, we are so happy we went there:}
Great power for a 6 cyl.
by Toddtv from Shakopee, mn
December 24, 2018
I liked the stance and the roominess. Plenty of cargo space. Plastic interior was great for what they made this car for. Was never meant to be a luxury vehicle but a great utilitarian vehicle. Great on and off road and the 4wd was the best. This was the first year production of the new 4.0L V6 which it had it problems one being the catalytic converters. At a replacement cost for OEM of $7-800 each was not cheap. I decided to go a cheaper route and was met with another demise of the cats. The computer on this thing didn’t like the cheaper version. So I recommend that you replace with factory new or used. I changed them again with a set of used factory ones from a newer xterra for a third of the cost and had no problems. I think they solved the cat problem in newer years but not sure. Another thing is the transmission and radiator. On some of them the radiator cracks and dumps coolant into the transmission and wrecks it immediately, mine had a rebuilt transmission and an updated radiatior when I bought it saving me about a $3-4000 price tag. I knew this before I bought it and only bought it because of the price and the fact that the repair was already done.
Rashid was very easy to work with and made the process of buying a car very easy and he keeps you entertained while remaining professional
by ih8aging from Veterans Colony Ok.
November 29, 2018
I was sorry to see Nissan stop production of the Xterra, mine has been an exceptionally good vehicle. If they still made them I would buy another on.
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